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Sail Away With Me / #thedailymarker30day

Just popping in quickly today to share a card I made for the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge that I’m participating in this month. The 30 day challenge asks people who play along to color for at least 30 minutes a day and then share their results on social media using the hashtag #thedailymarker30day. You can read more about the challenge here.

Sail away with me I’ve participated in almost all of the 30 day challenges now and I find that they really help me with my creativity – I try out mediums and color combinations I wouldn’t normally try, and there’s no pressure to turn the coloring into the card or to even get it right the first time. You can follow along with me over on instagram @kimberly.pelkey   The design for this card was inspired by Yana Smakula, who makes beautiful cards (so definitely check out her blog)! I used a sailboat die and the Sailing stamp set from Simon Says stamp to create the card.

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After die cutting a bunch bunch of sailboats from a white panel (that I adhered to some fun foam before die cutting to give the panel some extra dimension), I did some ink blending on another panel to go behind the cut outs. I used Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers for the blending, then added some water droplets and glitter embossing powder over the top to give it some texture.
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For the sentiment I used white embossing powder on “Sail Away” and then stamped “with me” in Versa Mark ink on some fog-colored card stock. I also added some strips of paper and vellum behind the sentiment circle and finished everything off with some clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.

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Are you participating in the challenge, too? Let me know so I can follow you!

kimberly

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Tiny Cards

I was recently asked to make some business card sized cards – basically cards that are the same size as those that come attached to a bouquet of flowers from the florist. They were a lot of fun to make for many reasons, not least of which was the fact that the smaller size made it really easy to assemble just a few elements together to create a pretty little card. Plus they’re just so tiny and sweet!

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I tested out all different designs and techniques on the cards – some watercolor with emboss resist (a favorite of mine!), some ink blending with texture paste and stencils, and some simple stamping and copic coloring. Each card front measures about 3″x2.25″ meaning each card started with a 3″x4.5″ card base folded in half.

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I’m really loving the look of bold black sentiments lately, so you see a lot of those here. Cut from black cardstock, the black sentiments are made from dies by Simon Says Stamp – Smile, Enjoy, and Hello.

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The Smile stamp comes from the SSS Happy and Smile stamp set while the thank you sentiment comes from my trusty Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set.

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I think this hello card is my favorite. Something about the colors of the watercolor wash and that bold, black sentiment!

I hope everyone has an great weekend!

kimberly

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Cards for Mother’s Day

A collection of Mother’s Day cards today! A co-worker asked me to make him a card for his mother, and I ended up making several for him to choose from. After he chose one, I could use the rest to give to my mom, grandmother, and friends who are moms.

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First I started with a water-colored background, a Wplus9 Happy Mother’s Day sentiment and a cute little bird I salvaged from an Online Card Classes practice sheet I colored way back when. I used a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die to create a border around the panel, mounted the panel to some mint cardstock and added some yellow and clear sequins to finish it off.

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For the next few cards I used the SSS Spring Flowers stamp set. I embossed several images from the set with clear embossing powder and then did some ink blending with distress ink on top of the heat embossed flowers and foliage. I cut everything out leaving a bit of a border around the edges and then arranged them on the cards.

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I used a stitched circle die to create a recessed area for my sentiment (I popped the rectangular stitched panel up using some foam tape, and again used the Wplus9 Happy Mother’s Day sentiment. Once I had the flowers arranged how I liked, I attached some with glue and some with foam tape for extra dimension. I jazzed everything up with some moonshine sequins and mounted the panel onto a Fog cardstock base.

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The next card is a bit simpler and has some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets (I LOVE these) instead of sequins. This card is mounted onto a Cotton Candy card base.
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This last card is probably my favorite of the bunch. Many of the same elements, but this time I used a Papertrey Ink horizontal stripes coverplate die and built up from there. I embossed the sentiment onto vellum using liquid platinum embossing powder and arranged some flowers and added some more clear droplets.

I hope all the moms out there have an excellent Mother’s Day!

kimberly

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More Die Cut Masking

I’ve been making a lot of cards using the die-cut masking technique I talked about in my previous post. I thought I’d share a few more of those cards with you today.

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Instead of using my copic airbrush for this card, I decided to do some ink blending with distress inks. You have to be a bit more gentle with this technique, however, because all of the blending can cause you to accidentally pull up one (or more) of your masks – ask me how I know. For the most part it works just fine.

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For this card I used the Wplus9 Sweets and Treats stamp and die set for the stamps and masks. Once I finished ink blending, I added some water droplets onto the card and quickly soaked them up with a dry paper towel – that’s what gives the nice bleached out effect in some areas; One of the many reasons why I love distress inks. I popped up the sentiment on a circle die cut and added a little embossing around the edges and a circle of vellum behind. lastly, I added a stitched rectangle frame for a bit of added interest, before adhering everything onto a 4bar-sized card base.

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I wasn’t quite finished with my copic airbrush system yet, though, so I also made some 4bar get well soon cards using the same masking technique but changed it up a bit with some patterned paper and a little gathering of thread behind the sentiment. I used the Lawn Fawn Get Well Soon stamps and dies for these.  Did I mention that I first got the idea for this technique from Dawn of Wplus9? She has a great YouTube tutorial on her channel that you can check out here!

kimberly